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Mental Health Award: Finding the right treatment, for the right people, at the right time for anxiety and depression

Wellcome will fund researchers and teams who will validate markers to enable stratification in anxiety and/or depression as early as possible.

Duration of funding:

Up to 5 years

Scale of funding:

Up to £5 million

PhD Fellowships for Health Professionals

Wellcome’s PhD Programmes for Health Professionals offer health professionals outstanding research training in supportive and inclusive research environments.

Type of researcher:

  • Clinical
  • Public health

Where your host organisation is based:

  • UK

Duration of funding:

3 years (full-time equivalent)

Scale of funding:

Salary and research expenses covered

Mental Health Award: Integrating sleep and circadian science into our understanding and treatment of anxiety, depression and psychosis

Wellcome will fund individuals or teams researching the interdependent roles of sleep and circadian rhythm disruptions in the development and resolution of mental health problems including anxiety, depression and psychosis.

Duration of funding:

Up to 5 years

Scale of funding:

Up to £3 million

Mental Health Award: looking backwards, moving forward – understanding how interventions for anxiety, depression, and psychosis work

Wellcome will fund teams of researchers investigating causal mechanisms underpinning effective interventions for anxiety, depression, and/or psychosis.

Duration of funding:

Up to 8 years but can be much shorter

Scale of funding:

Up to £5 million

  • You should ask for the resources that you need and are appropriate for your proposed research project, justifying these costs in your full application. See the 'What we offer' section on this page.

Wellcome Career Development Awards

This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders. They will develop their research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.

Where your host organisation is based:

Duration of funding:

Usually 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines and may only be longer if held on a part-time basis.

Scale of funding:

You should ask for your salary (if required) and the resources you need for your research programme – see the 'What we offer' section on this page. You will need to justify this in your application. 

Wellcome Discovery Awards

This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.

Duration of funding:

Usually 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines, and may only be longer if held on a part-time basis.

Scale of funding:

You should ask for the resources you need for your research programme – see the 'What we offer' section on this page. You will need to justify this in your application. 

Wellcome Early-Career Awards

This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme. 

Where your host organisation is based:

Duration of funding:

Usually 5 years, but may be less for some disciplines, and may only be longer if held on a part-time basis.

Scale of funding:

Your salary and up to £400,000 for research expenses. If eligible, you may also request additional funding for overseas allowances and overheads. 

Wellcome Mental Health Data Prize

The Wellcome Data Prize in Mental Health is an opportunity for collaborative approaches for research into anxiety and depression in young people. The Prize supports multi-disciplinary teams to produce a digital tool to enable future research. 

Duration of funding:

6-18 months

We have partnered with Social Finance to deliver this prize. To register your interest and get updates please sign up to the Social Finance mailing list

Scale of funding:

There are three phases to the prize, each six months long and with different levels of funding and support on offer:

  • Discovery phase: 10 teams will be selected to receive £40,000 of funding 
  • Prototyping phase: 5 teams will be selected to receive £100,000 of funding 
  • Sustainability phase: £500,000 will be allocated across 3 winning teams

Biomedical Vacation Scholarships

These awards provide promising undergraduates with hands-on experience of research during the summer holidays. Find out what funding we offer and how to apply.

Where your host organisation is based:

  • UK

Duration of funding:

6 to 8 weeks

Scale of funding:

Salary at the real Living Wage

Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers

This scheme provides small grants for clinical lecturers to pursue research work, gather preliminary data and strengthen applications for longer-term funding. See scheme details and how to apply.

Type of researcher:

  • Clinical
  • Public health

Where your host organisation is based:

  • UK

Duration of funding:

1 to 2 years

Scale of funding:

Up to £30,000

Springboard Awards

Springboard Awards provide small funding grants to support basic biomedical scientists as they develop their independent research careers. Find out what we offer and how to apply.

Type of researcher:

  • Basic
  • Public health

Where your host organisation is based:

  • UK

Duration of funding:

Two years

Scale of funding:

Up to £100,000, with research assistance and expenses

The Hub Award

Bringing researchers and creative professionals together at Wellcome Collection to work as a collaborative residency.

Duration of funding:

One to two years

Scale of funding:

Flexible funding, up to £1 million